UVM’s 14th Annual Tolkien Conference: This weekend!


UVM will be hosting its annual Tolkien conference once again this weekend, and this year’s theme is Romances in Middle-earth.

The conference kicks off tonight at 6:30pm with a reading in UVM’s Old Mill Annex. Here’s the rest of the schedule:

8:00am: Continental breakfast with coffee and tea In Lafayette room L207

8:30am: Session 1
– Christopher Vaccaro (University of Vermont) “Freawaru and Tolkien’s Beowulf”
– Zachary Dilbeck, (Columbus State Community College) “The Broken Sword, a Meme: Beowulf, Arthur, and Elendil”

9:30am: Session 2
– Gerry Blair (Independent Scholar) “The Tale of Turin a Hapless Helpless boy with a Doom for Failed Romance”
– Katherine Neville (Signum University) “Ill-met by Moonlight: Aredhel and Eöl as the Upside Down of Beren and Lúthien”
– Dawn M. Walls-Thumma (Coventry Village School) “Thus Wrote Pengolodh”: Historical Bias, Its Evidence, and Its Implications in The Silmarillion

10:45am: Session 3
– Peter Kao (National Chung Cheng University) “Realistic or Fantastic Narratives in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings”
– Marc Zender (Tulane University) ‘I have loved you, and that love shall not fail’: Tolkien’s philological explorations of friendship, love, and romance in The Lord of the Rings
– Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University) “And with him was Elrond Half-Elven”: The High King and His Herald (Still a Better Love Story Than Twilight)”

12:00pm: Keynote
– Corey Olsen (Signum University) “The Turning Point in Tolkien’s Career”

12:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm: Session 4
– Annie Brust (Kent State University) “Dispelling Misogyny in Tolkien’s Women – Through reflection of Medieval lyric and personal relationships”
– Jeffrey Bullins (SUNY Plattsburgh) “Sounds in the Dark: Assimilation and Continuity in The Hobbit: An Unexpected journey”
– Paul Fortunato (University of Houston – Downtown) “Weberian “vocation” in The Lord of the Rings”

3:00pm: Coffee & Tea

3:15pm: Session 5
– Andrew Peterson (Harvard) “‘Warm as Sunlight, Cold as Frost in the Stars’ – Tolkien’s Exploration of Courtly Relationships through the Lady Galadriel.”
– James Williamson (University of Vermont) “Romance and Romance”
– Heather Dail (University of South Alabama) “The Evolution of the Animal to Magical Beast in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings”

Admission is $25, $15 for students, and free for UVM students.